Here’s a look at today’s news:
Due to the decreasing risk of fire danger, the Gila National Forest has lifted all fire restrictions across the forest effectively immediately. In addition, Fire Danger has been modified down to Moderate from Very High. Visitors are always expected to use caution with campfires and other potential ignition sources in addition to camping responsibly and be campfire safe. As a reminder, never leave a campfire unattended and use proper precautions when having a campfire – including drowning it and stirring until it’s cold to the touch. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
The Grant County Administration issued a statement regarding the death of an inmate early Sunday morning at the Grant County Detention Center. At approximately 6:43 A.M., inmate Ashley Garcia, was discovered as unresponsive by Grant County Detention staff members. Ms. Garcia was first attended to by medical staff in addition to EMS and was pronounced as deceased. At the time of this report, there were no other details regarding her death.
The state Children, Youth and Families Department has formally launched an app that allows families to apply for the Childcare Assistance program online. CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson, stated that “Childcare Assistance is one of the greatest tools we have in the fight to improve the quality of life for children in New Mexico.” CYFD received an additional $25 million dollars during the last legislative session. To apply for Childcare Assistance online or to get more information on other services parents may be eligible for, go to PullTogether.org.
The Silver City Elks hosted a drug awareness event at Viola Stone Park in Santa Clara over the past weekend. The annual event is usually held at the Elk’s Lodge, but it was decided that bringing the event to the community would increase engagement with the residents in the Mining District. The organizations mascot, Elroy the Elk, visited and gave high-fives with children, while other volunteers gave out balloons and snacks. The Elks are committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment. The Santa Clara Police Department has invited The Elk’s to come back next year.